Rene Van Acker

Rene Van Acker

Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture and Associate Dean External Relations, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)

February 26, 2013

Rene Van Acker is Professor and Associate Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph and was previously a professor of weed science and crop management at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Van Acker’s research interests include weed biology and ecology, robust cropping systems, multifunctional agriculture and the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops. He conducts field-based research, supervises graduate students and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed works to-date and has made over 250 other non-peer reviewed contributions. While in Manitoba he was part of the Agriculture Renewal Alliance, an ad hoc collective of individuals and groups working to recapture wealth within rural communities. His research work on coexistence of GM and non-GM crops has lead to international collaborations and presentations, and consulting work with governments and organizations in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. Rene grew up on a farm in southwest Ontario.

He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in crop science and weed management from the University of Guelph and a PhD in crop-weed ecology from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Role: Panel Member
Report: Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources (February 2013)